Estimated grade. Ex. Chapman (1882) Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Nov '79 Price realized $475
Ron Guth: In 1832, the mintage of Half Dimes dropped below one million coins, once of only two times that this occured in the Capped Bust series. Nevertheless, this is still a hefty mintage and there are plenty of survivors today. Many remain in nice condition, including hundreds of Mint State examples. The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS63, followed by MS64. Gem 1832 Half Dimes are not nearly as common, but they can be found with relative ease in MS65 and MS66. In MS67, the number of survivors drops quickly to less than a dozen examples. The finest example known thus far is a single, rather phenomenal PCGS MS68+.
As usual for this series, most examples are well struck. Many of the top-condition coins present lovely toning and patina acquired over the past decades.
Legend Numismatics 2/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30182